ALTRINCHAM FC YOUTH TEAM NEWS


Above: Altrincham FC Youth 2014-15, courtesy of Michael Ripley Photography.
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Altrincham's Youth side is managed by George Heslop, ably assisted by former Alty player Chris Adams, with coaching assistance from Dan Millen. The team plays in the North West Youth Alliance (Under-18s) Premier Division. I am very grateful to George for his help in providing information for this page. If anyone else has information on the Youth team, I am always happy to receive it. You can e-mail me here. John Laidlar.

Altrincham FC Youth play their league and league cup games at Hale Country Club & Spa, Clay Lane, Timperley, adjacent to Bowdon RUFC, WA15 7AF.


FA Youth Cup games are played at Moss Lane. Altrincham & District FA games are usually held at Trafford FC, Shawe View.

  • North West Youth Alliance League
    30 October 2014YOUTH NEWS In the NWYA Premier League, Altrincham FC Youth have risen to second after Abbey Hey were stripped of the three points they gained against Alty and the points were awarded to Altrincham as an "Away walkover". This was due to Abbey Hey fielding ineligible players.
    27 October 2014

    YOUTH TEAM REPORT

    Altrincham FC Youth lost on penalties in the NWYA Open Cup on Sunday at Daisy Hill. Altrincham were without Cole McGrath, Laurence Taylor, Sam Heathcote, James Campion, Joe Coffey, all of whome were injured. Also unavailable were Treyvon Simpson (at a christening) and Jake Foy who had another committment.

    Youth defender James Farrington has kindly provided a match report.


    26 October 2014

    OPEN CUP EXIT

    In the NWYA Open Cup Second Round, Altrincham Youth lost 4-3 in a penalty shoot out at Daisy Hill after the match had ended 1-1 after extra time.

    The next fixture on Sunday, 2 November, is away, in the league, to Prescot Cables.


    22 October 2014

    YOUTH REPORT

    James Farrington's report on Alty Youth's narrow defeat at league leaders Chester FC is here
    21 October 2014

    LEADERS WIN

    Alty Youth went down 2-1 at league leaders, Chester, on Sunday. James Farrington's match report is here.

    Chester report that "Chester FC Youth continued their unbeaten start to the season with a 2-1 win against Conference neighbours Altrincham. Goals from first years, Kieran Evans and Matt Waters, sealed the win for the blues, which was their third successive win in the league.

    The first half saw chances at a premium... The second half became a more open affair from the opening minute. Sam Hughes’ knockdown from a free-kick couldn’t be steered goalwards as the Blues began to get hold of the contest. The opening goal finally came ten minutes into the second half. Matt Waters skipped past a man on the left hand side before forcing the ball to the back post, finding Kieran Evans in space who remained composed enough to slot the ball into the far corner of the net.

    Altrincham had begun to open up, with a second goal looking imminent... The second goal was to come from the spot after a truly exceptional build up. Waters received the ball on the left side who then nut-megged his marker, before Robson let the ball run through his legs into the path of Jacob Evans. One touch passes were exchanged on the edge of the box before left back Waters skipped beyond the defence, only to be bundled over by the goalkeeper. Waters stepped up to convert the penalty to give the Blues a two-goal cushion.

    Altrincham got a foothold in the game with a quarter of an hour to go. James Jones handled the ball in the penalty area, resulting in Jarrod Christopher being beaten from the spot. Despite the lead being halved, the youngsters showed great confidence to see the game out".

    However, "Under the floodlights on Thursday evening Chester FC Youth were beaten in dramatic style by Irlam FC [Alty's conquerors] in the FA Youth Cup... It was Chester who opened the scoring... The Blues then doubled their lead moments later... The visitors got a goal back on the 39th minute after Zar Jordan was brought down in the Blues’ area following a foul from Jordan Coxall. John Main stepped up and placed the penalty in the top right corner... The lead was then extended just before half time...

    The game quickly developed in Chester’s favour... Following the break the Blues were caught out after Christopher attempted a piece of skill to beat Main, the Irlam striker tackled the Blues stopper and simply passed the ball over the line... Irlam never gave up and they were awarded a penalty after Tom Waring brought down an Irlam attacker in the area. The Blues right-back was subsequently sent off for being the last man back. Main stepped up to take the penalty and converted it comfortably.

    The visitors then took the lead following another similar incident. James Jones was the last man back and brought down another Irlam player in the area. The midfielder was immediately shown a red card which reduced Chester to nine men. Main stood over the ball and scored the resulting penalty. Minutes before the full time whistle, Irlam made it five after Isaac Illidge guided his header well to beat the Chester stopper and award the visitors a place in the next round of the FA Youth Cup".


    16 October 2014

    YOUTH TEAM NEWS

    The Cheshire FA reports that "Cheshire FA progressed to the Second Round of the FA County Youth Cup with a hard fought 3-2 victory over West Riding FA... West Riding opened the scoring when Cheshire failed to clear their lines and having scored they became a different team, playing with much more conviction.

    In the 50th minute Cheshire equalised through Masterson. Within a minute West Riding retook the lead with a low hard drive into the bottom right hand corner... In the 80th minute Ryan Masterson equalised for Cheshire. From then on it was all Cheshire, dictating play with nonstop pressure in an attempt to score the winner... In the 85th minute, a neat combination between Jacob Evans and Jonathan Jones led to the ball being played wide to [Altrincham's] Harry Cain who drove in a low hard cross to the back post for Masterson to slide the ball home to claim his hat-trick and victory for Cheshire.

    Following on from their previous victory away at Manchester FA in the Northern Counties Youth Competition, it was another good all round squad performance from Cheshire... Cheshire FA now play Northumberland FA at home in the Second Round of the FA County Youth Cup on 1st November 2014 at Vauxhall Motors."

    The Cheshire FA Youth squad list includes Altrincham's James Campion, Harry Cain and Sam Heathcote

    Meanwhile, the Independent Schools' FA reports that "Following the U18 North matches on Sunday 12th October, a squad has been selected to face Lancashire Schools on Sunday 16th November. It includes Alty Youth's Aaron Goldman, of Manchester Grammar School. Last Sunday the ISFA North beat Cheshire Schools 2-1 at The King's School, Chester

    1-0 up, "The lead was doubled in the second half when fine work down the right by Ike Alexian ended with a cross for Aaron Goldman to score".


    14 October 2014

    TRIUMPH IN ADVERSITY!

    Manager George Heslop had eight of his 21-man squad unavailable for the match on Sunday at Barrow. Two players had transport difficulties and could not meet the players' minibus, whilst Marc Bellingham, Jake Foy and James Campion all have fractures of, respectively, the wrist, toe and hand. Out injured, as well, was Ben Gerrard, whilst Harry Cain was involved in the Cheshire Schools trial match and Aaron Goldman was likewise playing in the North of England Independent Schools team who were playing the South of England as a trial for the England Independent Schools squad.

    To make matters worse, late in this game, centre-back Sam Heathcote picked up an injury, which is likely to keep him out for several weeks.

    James Farrington, who played at left-back for the Alty team, has kindly provided a match report on the game which Alty won 3-0.


    12 October 2014

    BARROW BEATEN

    Alty Youth won 3-0 at Barrow today. They are away at Chester in the league next Sunday.
    5 October 2014

    ALTRINCHAM YOUTH 1 ABBEY HEY YOUTH 2

    Altrincham bowed out of the Neil Thomason Trophy with a 2-1 home defeat to Abbey Hey, in a game in which they twice struckthe woodwork. There is a match report here.

    Interestingly, one of the linesmen for this game, Mr Jordan Crossley, was a spectator at the Altrincham v North Ferriby United match last season in Conference North. He was watching the game with local Premiership referee, Anthony Taylor. When the match referee went lame, Jordan, on Anthony Taylor's recommendation, stepped in to act as assistant referee and performed excellently.


    23 September 2014

    ALTRINCHAM 1 IRLAM 2

    Altrincham bowed out of the FA Youth Cup at the J. Davidson Stadium on Monday night. Irlam took a 24th minute lead when Cassell netted after keeper Burrows's punched clearance had come out to him. Three minuters later, Alty were level when Murphy's back pass went behind his advancing keeper and Arrowsmith nipped in to score. Shortly before the interval Arrowsmith was fouled in the box but Heathcote's penalty hit the post. Irlam's Main notched a 52nd minute winner as he got round Campion and keeper Burrows to score.

    A report from James Farrington is here.


    15 September 2014

    YOUTH REPORT

    Following their 6-4 win on Sunday there is a report on Altrincham FC Youth's game against Hyde FC Youth here.

    Right, we see Altrincham defending a first-half Hyde freekick.

    Don't forget that next Monday (22nd, 7.45pm), Alty Youth play Irlam FC Youth at the J. Davidson Stadium in the FA Youth Cup First QR. Spectators are welcome; adults £3, concessionaries £2.


    13 September 2014

    OPPONENTS

    On Monday 22 September Altrincham play Irlam Town in the FA Youth Cup 1st Qualifying Round. The winners of that tie will be away in w/c Monday 6 October in the Second Round Qualifying, against Chester, who had a walkover in the First Round Qualifying after their opponents, Widnes, withdrew.

    Before then, on Sunday (14th) Alty Youth play a NWYA league match at home to Hyde FC at Clay Lane (2.30pm).


    11 September 2014

    FA YOUTH CUP

    In the next round of the FA Youth Cup, Altrincham will entertain Irlam Town at the J. Davidson Stadium. Irlam beat Glossop North End 15-0 in their Preliminary Round match on Tuesday night.

    The Alty v Irlam match will be played on Monday 22nd September, at 7.45pm.

    Above, courtesy of Mike Ripley, we see the Altrincham FC Youth squad before their win over Colne last Monday (click on image to enlarge). This and more of Mike's excellent Alty photos are on his website.


    9 September 2014

    ALTRINCHAM FC YOUTH 3 COLNE FC YOUTH 0

    In tonight's FA Youth Cup Preliminary Round match, Altrincham earned a home tie against either Irlam Town or Glossop North End in the next round of the FA Youth Cup. After a goalless first half, the lively Harry Cain finished off a well-worked freekick routine to give Alty a 55th minute lead. Joe Coffey's back-post header from Jake Foy's cross made it 2-0 after 67 minutes. Substitute Ben Reid completed the scoring with a fine shot from Cain's pass in the 85th minute.

    Match report here

    Above, Alty warm up before the match with Colne.


    2 September 2014

    FA YOUTH CUP ON MONDAY

    Altrincham FC Youth (under-18s) play Colne at the J. Davidson Stadium, Moss Lane, this Monday night (7.45pm) in the FA Youth Cup, at 7.45pm. Admission is just £3 for adults and £2 for concessionaries.

    DISTRICT CUP

    Altrincham FC Under 17s are representing Altrincham and District FA against Mid Cheshire in the Cheshire County FA District Youth Cup at Witton Albion FC, this Sunday, k.o. 11.00 am.

    CHESHIRE FA MATCHES

    Cheshire County FA youth team's first fixture is on 27 September at 2pm, away to Manchester FA at Salford Sports Village. The Cheshire home league and cup matches are set to be played at Vauxhall Motors' Rivacre Park ground. In the FA County Youth Cup, the first tie is against West Riding FA on Saturday 11 October, 2pm.
    1 September 2014

    DOUBLE-FIGURE VICTORY

    Altrincham FC Youth gained their first win of the season in some style on Sunday, defeating Barrow, 10-0 in the NWYA Premier League. For the first time this season manager George Heslop had more or less all of his squad available following the holiday period.

    Reece Dwyer netted six times, the other goals coming from Harry Cain, Sam Heathcote (penalty), Will Foster and Shaun Arrowsmith. The win was achieved despite injuries; Will Foster suffered a broken arm and Aaron Goldman received a fiercely struck ball in the face.

    The team was: 1. Jamie Burrows, 2. James Campion, 3. Jake Foy, 4. Cole McGrath, 5. Sam Heathcote (capt), 6. Laurence Taylor, 7. Shaun Arrowsmith, 8. William Foster, 9. Marc Bellingham, 10. Reece Dwyer, 11. Harry Cain. SUbs, all used: 12. Tryevon Simpson, 14. Obajimi Folagbade, 15. Joseph Coffey, 16. Aaron Goldman, 17. Benjamin Reid.

    FA YOUTH CUP

    Altrincham FC Youth's next game is at the J. Davidson Stadium, against Colne in the FA Youth Cup, k.o. 7.45pm
    24 August 2014

    LOSS AT WARRINGTON

    The FA confirms that Altrincham FC Youth lost 0-2 at Warrington Town on Sunday.
    18 August 2014

    YOUTH TEAM DEFEATED

    Atrincham FC Youth (under-18s) suffered a 3-0 reverse in their opening league game, away to Abbey Hey, at Knutsford. There is a match report here.

    Right: Jimmy Folagbade (in blue shirt) contests possession with the Abbey Hey captain.

    The latest league table is here.


    13 August 2014

    FA YOUTH CUP

    Altrincham's FA Youth Cup 1st QR match at home to Colne will be played on Monday, 8 September at 7.45pm. The venue will be the J. Davidson Stadium, Moss Lane, Altrincham WA15 8AP.

    SEASON STARTS

    Altrincham FC Youth under-18s' team starts its league season in the NWYA Premier League this Sunday (17th) with an away match against Abbey Hey. Though based in Gorton, Abbey Hey play their youth games at the Egerton Boys' Club, Knutsford. Kick off is at 2.30pm.
    29 July 2014

    FIXTURES

    Altrincham FC Youth's first league and cup fixtures have been issued and can be seen here.

    YOUTHS BENEFIT FROM IRELAND TRIP

    Altrincham FC Youth player James Farrington has kindly provided a report on the Altrincham FC's participation in the Foyle Cup in Derry, Northern Ireland.

    "After an intense pre-season training period, Altrincham FC Youth travelled to Derry, Northern Ireland, to compete in the Foyle Cup which is a five day tournament with matches every day.

    Altrincham Youth were led by Manager Paul Fay, Coaches Graham Houghton and Adam Nuttall. The team was put in a group with Inishshowen Youth League, Oldpark Reds, and hosts Derry City. The young Robins finished third in the group, finishing on four points, but had a weaker goal difference than Inishowen, who came second.

    Altrincham drew their first game 1-1 with Inishowen Youth League, followed by a comfortable win over Oldpark Reds 4-1 the next day. The final day of the group stages saw Altrincham have a chance of finishing first with a win over Derry city. However, the lads lost to a strong Derry side that went on to win every game in the group stage.

    Alty finished third in the group, which led them to enter the Foyle Rose Bowl. The Foyle Rose Bowl consisted of the four teams which finished third out of the four groups. Altrincham drew Mountjoy United, a match which they won 2-0 leading them to the final against Newtowne FC the following day.

    Altrincham lost 2-1 after a close game but failure to make the most of their chances meant Alty, sadly, couldn’t get the result they desired.

    However, the overall experience of getting to play full-time football for the week was a valuable and thoroughly enjoyable experience for each member of the team! Throughout the week it was evident the lads became much closer and it was a great team building exercise, standing them in good stead for the coming season.

    Although the results didn’t go Altrincham’s way, they will hope to capitalise on this experience this season due to the intensity of the competition".

    James Farrington".


    23 July 2014

    CHRIS'S NEW ROLE

    As previously reported, Altrincham FC Youth recently appointed former player Dan Millen as Assistant Manager and Team Coach. However, unforeseen family commitments have meant that, although Dan's involvement with the team will continue, the role of Assistant Manager and Team Coach will now be assumed by former Alty left-back, Chris Adams. Most recently Chris has been assistant to Graham Heathcote at Stafford Rangers.
    21 July 2014

    LEAGUE COMPOSITION

    The FA lists the clubs which will comprise the NWYA Premier League for 2014-15.They are Abbey Hey, Altrincham, Ashton Athletic, Barrow, Chester, Curzon Ashton, Hyde, Morecambe, Prescot Cables, Skelmersdale Utd, Warrington Town and Witton Albion.
    11 July 2014

    FRIENDLY

    On Saturday 12th July 2014, Altrincham AFC Under 18s take on Accrington Stanley in a friendly match. It kicks off at 12 noon at Partington Sports Centre, Chapel Lane, Partington, M31 4ES. The referee isTim Willis and the assistant referees are Rohan Anand and Felipe Morais.
    4 July 2014

    YOUTH CUP DATES

    The draws for the early rounds of the FA Youth Cup have been made and Altrincham have been favoured with a home draw. In the Preliminary Round, to be played in the week commencing 8 September, Alty host Colne at the J. Davidson Stadium. Should they win that tie they would host either Irlam or Glossop North End in the First Round Qualifying, two weeks later.

    In the Cheshire County Football Association District Youth Challenge Cup League 1, Altrincham & District FA (comprising Altrincham FC players) play Mid-Cheshire FA (away) on Sunday, 7 September, Chester FA (away) on Sunday, 12 October Stockport (home) on Sunday, 19 October 2014 and Runcorn (home) on Sunday, 9 November.


    17 June 2014

    ALTY YOUTH TEAM'S NEW ASSISTANT MANAGER

    Altrincham FC Youth have appointed former player Dan Millen as Assistant Manager and Team Coach. George Heslop is remaining as Manager and he asks "If there is anyone out there who would like to assist with First Aid or physio help, please contact me on 0161 718-0624".
    24 May 2014

    COACH/ASSISTANT MANAGER NEEDED

    Manager George Heslop writes that his Altrincham FC Youth team "requires a volunteer to assist in the role of Coach/Assistant Manager. The team were founder-members of the North West Youth Alliance Football League at its inception in 1998-1999. They have been in the Premier Division from the start and have won the championship four times and been runners-up three times. The team has also won the Fair Play League twice, the Open Cup once and have been runners-up in that competition three times.

    The team has also been the Premiership Cup winner three times & runners-up four times. So, we are trying to keep up a high standard of play and discipline. Our pre-season is due to start around June 24th. Manager George Heslop (Manager) can be contacted on phone 0161-718-0624 or by e-mail.

    FIVE YOUTH TEAMERS AT FIRST-TEAM TRAINING

    With the news that goalkeeper Josh Samberg and striker Max Pouncey have been invited to First Team pre-season training from June 24th, there are now five members of last season's youth team involved with the Conference National squad. The other three, as previously announced, are Rob Gilroy, Jeff King and David Brown.

    YOUTH PRESENTATIONS

    Above, Max Pouncey received the James Black Trophy from Ian and Jenny Black after being selected by George Heslop as the Manager's Player of the Season.

    The annual presentation night for Altrincham FC youth players was held on Friday evening. This year two youth squads were honoured; the Under-18s who play in the NW Youth Alliance Premier League, and the Under-17s, who feature in the NWYA First Division and represent Altrincham and District FA in the Cheshire County FA's District Youth Cup.

    The Under-18s finished league runners up and progressed to Round Two of the FA Youth Cup before bowing out with honour at Walsall's Bescot Stadium.

    Meanwhile, the Under-17s finished off their season on a high note by clinching the NWYA President's Cup trophy.

    Paul Fay presented his Under-17s' Manager's Player of the Season award to Will Foster and the Players' Player of the Season trophy to James Campion.

    Altrincham FC Vice-Chairman Andrew Shaw introduced the Under-18s Youth Team manager, George Heslop. Before announcing the awards, George paid tribute to his captain, Spencer Cunliffe, who had recovered from a bout of glandular fever to attend the event. He went on to praise Spencer's talent and commitment whilst joking about the verbal exchanges that he and his captain had during the past two seasons.

    George's first award was to goalkeeper Steve Bullen, who was named as Clubman of the Season. Unfortunately, Steve was unable to be present to receive this honour in person.

    George called on Karen Rowley to present the Goalscorers' Award to Max Pouncey. The manager then announced the prizes for Players' Player of the Season, as voted by the squad. Third place was won by goalkeeper Josh Samberg whilst the runner-up was defender Tom Clarke. The winner of the Players' Player award was fellow defender David Brown.

    George then paid tribute to James Black, a keen supporter of Altrincham FC, who had died at the age of 18, and in whose memory his parents, Ian and Jenny Black, had commissioned a prestigious bronze trophy which is awarded each year to the Manager's Player of the Season. For 2013-14 the award went to striker Max Pouncey.

    Finally, George paid tribute to his long-suffering wife, Jenny, who had not only endured George's many absences at football matches and training but had also washed the players' kit for 17 years. On his behalf, Club Secretary Derek Wilshaw presented Jenny with a well deserved bouquet.

    Before the presentations ended, Andrew Shaw underlined the admirable work done this season by George in managing the team despite suffering ill health. For his part, George looked forward to being able to resume his full role in 2014-15.

    Above, top row, David Brown, Players' Player of the Season with George Heslop and Andrew Shaw; Max Pouncey, Goalscorer of the Season, with Karen Rowley and George Heslop. Middle row: Tom Clarke and Josh Samberg, respectively second and third in the Players' Player of the Season voting. Bottom row: George Heslop with Andrew Shaw, and, right, Derek Wilshaw with Jenny and George Heslop.



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